Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Did You Know?

Did You Know?  

Here are some interesting and fun facts about teeth and dentistry: 

  • Dr. Edward Angle is the "father" of modern orthodontics.
  • Dr. Charles Tweed was the first certified orthodontist in the U.S.

  • Over three million miles of dental floss is purchased in North America each year.
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva (spit) in a lifetime. That is enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools.
  • Snails are very small but they have thousands of tiny teeth all lined up in rows.
  • An elephant's tooth can weigh over 6 pounds. That is heavier than a jug of milk!
  • Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body.
  • Dogs have 42 teeth while cats have 30 teeth.
  • Giraffes have 32 used to chew and grind food; their teeth are positioned at the back of their skull instead of the front of their mouths.
  • 78% of Americans have had at least one cavity by the age of 17.
  • More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque!!
  • More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
  • Like fingerprints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.
  • The average woman smiles 62 times a day; the average man smiles about 8 times a day!
  • The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth!
  • Ancient Greeks used pumice, talc, alabaster, coral powder or iron rust as toothpaste!
  • In 1866, Lucy Beaman Hobbs became the first licensed female dentist.
  • In 1986, the winner of the National Spelling Bee won by spelling "ODONTALGIA" (which means toothache)!
  • Kids laugh around 400 times a day, adults just 15 times a day!

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